The statement makers by jasonpeters


accent colours

                              The statement makers
                               Behind every great room lies a secret hero – an emotive piece that sets the style
                               and the colour scheme, while speaking volumes about you. Be inspired by these
                               five ideas and our clever tricks for introducing colour harmony into your home
                               WordS rosanne peach

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           photography (top) monty coles, (left) chris everhard/homes & gardens/ipc+ syndicaton, (right) lisa cohen/homes & gardens/ipc+ syndicaton.
                                                                                                                             photography (top) chris everhard/homes & gardens/ipc+ syndicaton, (left) caz machin, (right) jonny valiant.
                    not sure where to start your colour story? look to wallpaper for your one-stop pattern and palette fix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        feature chairs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       colour unites your home, letting you express your wild side with statement pieces and pattern

                                                              Wallpaper makes light work of planning                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        decoration liberation! Choose a chair
                                                               out a colour scheme. Simply pick out                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         you love and upholster it in a fabulous
                                                                the hues in your design and focus on                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pattern (left), using the colour palette
                                                              contrasting textures (see left and right),                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to match it to other pieces. “I call this
                                                              as opposed to introducing competitive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ‘New Age style’. Like putting a Louis
                                                               patterns, which will exhaust the eye!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chair into a beach house,” says Prue
                                                                The new metallic prints (above) are                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           royle from the International School
                                                               a softer option for all-over coverage,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of Colour & design. “The design
                                                                 while feature walls are fabulous for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          needs to stand out and be united
                                                                bolder prints and hues, advises Sean                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         through colour.” A big fan of avoiding
                                                               Morris of Urban Interior. “Usually, the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chairs that match the sofa, Sean Morris
                                                               pattern is a bold colour so pick up the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of Urban Interior advises upholstering
                                                                 background colour and use this on                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              a feature chair with individuality.
                                                                 other walls, perhaps at 20 per cent                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “Every piece should stand alone.
                                                                 if it’s too intense.” If a third colour                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Be sympathetic to the piece, not the
                                                              plays a minor role, upgrade it to a main                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        scheme. It’s like artwork: you frame
                                                                    accent in furnishings for punch.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             to suit the art, not the wall.” >

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                                                                                                                                                                                                     photography (top) derek swalwell,(left) gorta yuuki, (right) paul massey/living etc/ipc+ syndicaton.
   wall art                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       floor rug

                                                                                                    photography (top) john paul urizar, (left), michael wee, (right) patrick spence/red
   evocative and personal, artwork provides an emotional link to colour that’s ripe for repeating                                                                                                                                                                                                           richly textured, boldly designed or subtly beautiful, modern rug designs and textures excite the senses

                                             Artwork certainly adds a sense of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        With attention turning from walls to
                                         personality to your space. “It’s a focal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   floors, you’ll find a tantalising array of
                                         point. It should be thought provoking,”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    designer rugs on offer. There are a few
                                            says Sean Morris of Urban Interior.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     rules to getting the look just right. In a
                                           Without going over the top, use your                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      small sitting space, too much pattern
                                         art as colour inspiration. “Go to a paint                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 can be too dominating, so instead, opt
                                            shop and pick out all the common                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         for rich texture (above) in a block of
                                          colour chips that appear, so you have                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        high impact colour that defines the
                                          a tangible reference and a palette you                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        space. Swirls are more at home in
                                         can build on,” says Prue royle from the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      open, transitional areas (left) where
                                           International School of Colour and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         they can shine. “Always ask yourself,
                                         design. This artwork (above) influences                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ‘What is the purpose of the room,
                                           the tones that are followed through                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      who will be using it and what mood do
                                            in the bedding. Subtlety is the key!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I want to evoke?’” says Prue. Use accent
                                              Tie your art into your room with                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hues to link the carpet with the rest
                                              a simple piece that picks up on                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of your furnishings and to underline
                                                 the work’s dominant hue.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a sense of unity in your home.

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   window treatment

                                                                                                               photography (top): jake curtis/living etc/ipc+ syndicaton, (left & right) jonny valiant.
   catching the light and our gaze, curtains are a dynamic colour feature to set your palette of accent hues

                                             don’t be scared to use colour on
                                           windows. dark hues (above and left)
                                             absorb light and enhance privacy,
                                            creating a snug cocoon effect. Light
                                            blues, silvers and whites (right) will
                                           bounce light back into small spaces,
                                           and can be just as moody when used
                                         with a blockout backing. It’s important
                                         that patterns harmonise with each other.
                                           “The golden rule is that if something
                                           has an organic print, you shouldn’t be
                                           putting more flowing patterns in. Use
                                         with stripes, plains or geometrics,” says
                                            Sean from Urban Interior. Bring the
                                          look together with one colour palette.
                                            don’t skimp on window treatments;
                                              it’s a fabulous way to add colour.

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